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-speaking pashtun who had been living in exile, a man named hamid karzai, to turn the pashtuns against the taliban. and, two, beat the taliban in kandahar in their home base. did i mention we're only talking about 11 guys here? they are operational detachment alpha 574. these 11 green berets, 11 men did something in 2001 that tens of thousands of americans are trying to redo nine years later in 2010. their story and their success is told through first-hand accounts by these green berets and with the assent of the families of those who did not survive in a remarkable new book called "the only thing worth dying for, how 11 green berets forged a new afghanistan." earlier i sat down with the author eric blehm, and army major jason amerine who led this team of 11 green berets on this incredible mission. thank you for being here. major, let me start with you. the taliban stronghold of kandahar, the only thing that most americans knew about afghanistan at the time that you were there. was that kandahar was their heartland. what was the plan to beat them there and what eventually worked? >> we worked with
capital. president karzai says order has been restored to the streets after teams of militants attacked government buildings. at least five people were killed. the attacks came at the same time that karzai was swearing in new members of his cabinet. >>> and president bill clinton heads to haiti. with more reports of scattered violence and looting, new troops on the way. an american health organization now estimates as many as 100,000 people were killed. >>> "the new york times" is reportedly set to begin charging readers for access to its website. the newspaper is expected to announce in the coming weeks a metered pay plan, where viewers will have access to a number of free articles before being asked to subscribe. >> they got to do it. >> they got to do it, i understand this. >> if you do great work, don't give your writing away, don't give your features away, don't give journalism away. >> i hope it works. 77% would not be willing to pay to read content online. we shall see. let's go to willie to sports. >> i have to show you the back cover of "the new york post." rex ryan. the jets i
.s. officials cannot have liked the message they heard from afghanistan's president today. hamid c hamid karzai warned u.s. troops may be needed for at least ten years to help train afghan forces. tom aspell is in london for us this morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. representatives from more than 60 countries gathered here in london seeking to buy off taliban fighters from a $500 million fund. it's hoped at least 12,000 lower-level taliban can be persuaded to abandon the insurgency and accept payment to defend their villages while western military forces go after hard-core taliban fighters. at the same time the west will effort training and equipping half g afghan aftermys to take over security duties after 2011. hamid karzai says he sees afghan forces being deployed for another decade. he says he hopes the government can establish control over the country's 34 provinces by 2015. karzai hopes to convene a meeting of afghan elders to discuss his proposals to reach out to taliban leaders, but the united states says it doesn't see any talks taking place with any top taliban leadership
this week. and karzai raised some eyebrows, it seems, by suggesting reconciliation with taliban leadership. this is by people on the ground, low-level folks, the u.s. working a way to work with those kind of taliban. but in terms of the leadership, does karzai have any international support for this concept? >> absolutely. i don't know, i mean, certainly as far as we're concerned, we weren't raising our eyebrows. that's what we were expecting to hear. because if you want to win against an insurgency, you've got to have strong military force, you've got to put pressure on the insurgents. but ultimately, this is going to be won by political means. you've got to divide the opposition and pull across as many people as possible. and that's going to happen bottom up with the low-level fighters and the middle level fighters and the tribal leaders. >> is that realistic, to think that taliban leaders want a political solution? i mean, do you make that distinguish -- i know the taliban does not equal al qaeda, but is it realistic? >> not for every single one. i think in any insurgency, in any confli
karzai. i point that out simply because of the proximity to the seat of power theoretically in that country. afghan officials said three soldiers and two civilians were killed. 71 others wounded in that shooting. each of the seven militants were ultimately killed. nbc's chief pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski is live from kabul with the latest. how are we to interpret this level of violence, jim, this close to the seat of power in that country? >> reporter: you know, the timing was unmistakable. the very time the taliban launched these attacks, president hamid karzai just inside the walls of the presidential palace was starting to swear in members of his new cabinet. so, you know, that timing wasn't lost on anybody. and what's interesting about this, is that while u.s. military officials are now praising the afghan security forces for beating back this attack today, the question is, how did they get those forces so close to the presidential palace in the first place? particularly because western intelligence officials have been predicting this very kind of attack, a co
the delegation. we rallied the world behind the administration's new strategy. since then, karzai has been re-elected, a messy election, but it's done. president obama's announced the 30,000 troops you just referred to. and it's a very good time to bring the world back together to reaffirm its support and to move to the next stage, because we're now -- 2010 is going to be a year of heavy implementation. >> is about getting money from these -- >> no, this is not a pledging conference. enough of those for the time being. countries are coming through, the japanese have just quadrupled their aid. we're going to increase our assistance in many ways, but this is about policy. >> now, let's go to afghanistan's attempts to try to get the taliban, at least not the leaders of the taliban, but sort of the rank and file of the taliban reintegrated in some form in the government. is this possible -- we see that every attempt, it feels like one step forward, three steps back at this point. >> let's not confuse two things. reintegration and reconciliation. i know these are complicated words, but reconciliat
. but first, while afghan president hamid karzai was swearing in his cabinet this morning, insurgents staged the biggest assault on the capital city of kabul since october. an iranian press tv crew was right there right before an explosion went off. the press tv correspondent who you saw at the beginning of that clip was injured in that blast and was taken to the hospital. the reason the camera was already rolling when that explosion went off is because that bomb went off midway through the attack. a suicide bomber first blew himself up outside the central bank. the central bank is on the same traffic circle as hamid karzai's presidential palace. this was in effect the equivalent of a suicide bomber hitting lafayette park right across the street from the white house or even the u.s. treasury building right next door. after the initial suicide bombing, gunmen stormed into and took up positions in nearby buildings. then in the middle of that fight, another suicide bombing which you just saw. the driver was in a vehicle that was marked as an ambulance. all the battles raged in the center of dow
the presidential palace. president karzai said the city is now secure. >>> many events taking place to honor the memory of dr. martin luther king, jr. president obama and the first family helped out the charitable organization so others might eat earlier today. later the president will speak with african-american seniors and their grandchildren at the white house. >>> we did elect the first african-american president but how far has this country really progressed in terms of race relations. we have a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll. we asked americans as a nation if we judged people by the content of their character or the color of their screen. 60% said character counted first. but when you break it down by race, 60% of whites and hispanics but 40% of african-americans said they think america is color-blind. issues like that, topics on a day-to-day basis also the topic of a special tonight, obama's america: 2010 and beyond. for more on this poll and results where we are, a social activist and political commentator. you're taking part in the special tonight so we wanted to have you o
karzai was beginning to swear in a new cabinet and the message from the taliban is unmistakable. despite whatever progress is being made by the afghan government or the coalition forces against taliban forces in the south, the taliban is trying to send a message to the afghan people that they are here to stay, tamron. >> jim miklaszewski live for us out of kabul, afghanistan, right now. and still ahead, more on the incredible rescues in haiti. how crews found and pulled one woman from the rubble of a collapsed supermarket and i will talk with an american trapped beneath the rubble of a hotel for 53 hours. ♪ my sunglasses. the people say i'm forgetful. maybe that's why we go to so many memorable places. love the road you're on. the subaru outback. motor trend's 2010 sport/utility of the year. would you like that to hurt now or later? uh-- what? (announcer) pepcid® complete doesn't make you choose. it neutralizes acid in seconds and controls heartburn all day or all night. pepcid® complete , works now and works later. >>> still no sign of six people from lynn university in boca raton,
. that's the same message we saw and heard in afghanistan with hamid karzai. these reluctant leaders that we, the united states, need. >> that's exactly right, tamron. we'll find the focus shifting from afghanistan to other potential sanctuaries, and in all of these cases we're dealing with teetering or failed states, weak governments, imperfect allies. but we have to work with them and find a way to partner with these imperfect friends and find a way to root out al qaeda within their countries, be much more aggressive with intelligence operations, because we're not going to be able to apply military forces to these places. >> i want to take that point directly to jim at the pentagon. jim, on that point as far as yemen, how much does our military, does our government, how much can we trust the yemeni government? >> there's not a whole lot of trust of the the ability of the yemen government, you know, they do feel at this point that the yemen government is sincere in trying to take down, or at least diminish the effectiveness of al qaeda in yemen itself. it's also dealing with a civil
just steps away from the presidential palace. hamid karzai says security has now been restored to the capital where we find nbc news correspondent jim miklaszewski. mick, what can you tell us? what has unfolded and what are the numbers in terms of casualties? >> reporter: this was a highly sophisticated spectacular attack that begin, as you said, with a series of suicide bombers, both in automobiles, trucks and gunmen that had worn suicide bomb vests that attacked several targets simultaneously and then several gunman rushed in to a high-rise marketplace, armed with automatic weapons and grenades hanging from their vests, went up to the upper floors. from that position, they engaged afghan security forces in a fierce firefight that went on for about four hours. in the end, despite all the spectacular explosions and firefight, there were very few casualties. four afghan police and one child. as many as ten militants killed. but that really didn't matter, apparently, to the taliban. what mattered is that they believe they got their psychological target achieved, and that was that
as a combination of president musharraf and hamid karzai. he's a man who rules with an iron fist. his forces are killing his own people. he does not tolerate religious minorities. on the other side, he has an incredibly corrupt administration. so in some ways, he embodies the worst of both pakistan and afghanistan's leaders. >> what do you make of our sending back people over there for rehabilitation? i mean, one of the handlers of the attacker on christmas day was apparently sent back with the theory that he had been rehabilitated through art training. >> yes, he had been sent to saudi arabia, and saudi arabia has a rehabilitation program that gets quite high marks from people from independent observers, people in this country who have taken a close look at it. there's always going to be a few people who fall through, a few people who escape, if you like, the system. it's clear some of these people are turning up. saudi arabia, keep in mind, has been cracking down on al qaeda and its own borders, and a lot of those people have been fleeing across the borders to yemen. so the situation in ye
of checkpoints and ramping up security procedures. afghanistan's president hamid karzai has ordered a review of the security plan for that nation's capital city in wake of that coordinated attack. and we have amazing video from australia. take a look at this. this is a car obviously. you can see that. but what happened? it's dangling over a school classroom in sydney. look at that. the woman apparently inside smashed through a wall in a multistory parking lot. it took 40 minutes to get her out. she was not seriously hurt. she actually told rescuers that she lost control of the vehicle when she was in the parking garage. how crazy is that? [ wind howling ] [ male announcer ] it balances you... [ water crashing ] [ male announcer ] ...it fills you with energy... and it gives you what you're looking for to live a more natural life, in a convenient two bar pack. this is nature valley... delicious granola bars made with 100% natural ingredients. nature valley. 100% natural, 100% delicious. reddelicious granola bars made with 100% natural ingredients. me to death. there's so much to learn. i just
in by afghan president karzai. correspondent jim miklaszewski in kabul joins us live. jim, what's the latest? how long has this lasted and has it called down. >> a series of firefighters that ended with suicide bombings and ended when afghan police finally stormed a shopping complex where several of the cal ban had taken up refuge and sniper positions in the upper floors and engaged police in this fierce firefight that went on for hours. as you said a total of 12 people. amazingly only 12 people killed in this series of bomb blasts, one so huge it could be felt more than a mile away. now, according to afghan and u.s. military officials, what this showed was that the afghan police and some of the afghan military were able to take charge of this situation and eventually bring it under control. but what it also raises is serious questions about how this group of suicide bombers and gunmen of taliban were able to penetrate layers, several layers of outer security and get so close to the presidential palace itself to conduct this kind of deadly operation, david. >> nbc news chief pentagon corresp
. those cables show ambassador karl eikenberry was even more worried than previously thought about karzai's leadership. he wrote, "sending additional forces will delay the day when afghans take over and make it difficult if not impossible to bring our people home on a reasonable timetable." >> and white house chief of staff rahm emanuel is under fire on the front page of t"the wall street journal". the paper writes that the president's liberal backers are blaming the chief of staff from a long list of grievances from gitmo to health care. they're directing their anger less at president obama than at rahm emanuel. he says he's the obstacle to the changes they thought mr. obama's election would make. and look at this full page ad moveon is running in "usa today." if people read newspapers in their hard copy form, this might be effective. i don't know if the white house even gets hard copies of newspapers anymore. still, it shows you where this is going. >> they had some problems. we'll move on -- we should mention before we finish here that first read, you've got to check it out. we update
for a second term as more express anger over the handling of the financial crisis. >>> hamid karzai is pushing a machine to pay those to lay down guns. the fed secretary roberts gates recognizes -- >> the germans will toss in a beer, if anyone likes a heineken. you aren't going to go deliver beer at night unless you won't get shot and get a big tip. >> defense secretary robert gates recognizing that politics that play into afghan politics. the group must take on a legitimate role. >>> and toyota is working to fix a mechanical problem that led to the recall of 2.3 million cars in the u.s. the gas pedal in several models can be stuck. >> that's what i tell the cops when i get pulled over many. >> this comes months after concerns that floor mats could affect the accelerator. it affects camry, avalon, and corolla models. >> what that was car back in the '70s? amc -- >> the pinto. >> sure. >> you look at it wrong, and it would blow up. >> ralph nader wrote a book on it. >>> sports. yesterday, we showed you pictures of tiger woods at the sex rehab clinic. today, we have radio conversations from the
karzai's presence because he was so disgusted by the corruption there. and gere toi and we're going to build an army out of that? >> and we have an extensively western base allied to us. but we all know, this is a tribal-based country. the british came and went. the russians came and went. to me, it's just a mystery what we're trying to really do. >> elisabeth bumiller, thank you very much. a great article. >> thanks. thanks. >> it's a frustrating situation and a frustrating country. >> it is. and also, we deal with our own security and how we shore that up. because even all these years later, we find ourselves almost as at risk after 9/11. >> i want someone to commission a poll on body studies. i bet you have 95% of the americans saying, go ahead, we don't care. >>> coming up next, "all things at once," it is not a book so much as it is a way of life. we're going to preview mika's book. it's going to change not only your life, but i would guess america. we'll be right back. ( whistling ) ( sniffing ) missing something? now at sears optical, get 2 pairs of glasses for $99.99. or tak
in afghanistan. >>> let's start with that. president hamid karzai say the capital is back under control after a deadly taliban attack in the capital. the bank, hotel, and top minister buildings came under siege. several targets were attacked with automatic weapons and suicide bombs. jim miklaszewski is live with the latest. >> reporter: this is about as sophisticated and coordinated attack as they have seen in afghanistan. 20 taliban, some driving suicide vehicles and others wearing suicide vests, launched this attack against multiple targets very near the presidential palaces. timing was no mistake. this was going on just as president karzai was swearing in his new cabinet. they were in earshot of all of the new fighting. once the suicide bombs went on, then there were taliban sniper who's had taken up positions in a nearby market building. firing on security forces in a fierce fire fight that raged on for three to four rs
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